KHS Alite 2002 Hardtail

4.53/5 (15 Reviews)
Weight : 30.7 lbs MSRP : $299.00

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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by g-hed a Cross Country Rider from Gisborne, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2010

Strengths:    Great light weight frame.

Weaknesses:    Some fairly cheap parts (power tool hubs etc)

Bottom Line:   
This bike is very great value for money. The frame is very light weight and is great for XC race one you replace the cheapo parts for more high quality ones. It gives a very good ride and I find it great for cross country racing. All round a great entry to mid level bike.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   TradeMe

Bike Setup:   FSA XC-300 Wheelset, Vredestein Tiger Claw tyres, No Tubes tubeless kit, Manitou Skareb Shocks, Deore LX drive train, Quad QHD-4 axis hydraulic disc brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Trentmeyers a Cross Country Rider from Brampton

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2009

Strengths:    Good frame, brakes, good handling and speed.

Weaknesses:    truaiv cranks (it fell off, but i think that was my bad). Not a fan of the shimano xc derailleur or the rock shox dart two's.

Bottom Line:   
Pretty good bike for the price. I even race with it and it does me well. going to upgrade it and make it even better.

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Favorite Trail:   Hardwood hills

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Burlington cycle

Similar Products Used:   khs alite 3000
rocky mountain element 30

Bike Setup:   mostly stock right now. Going to put some magor upgrades ( Carbon fiber ) and new front forks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ashley jackson a Weekend Warrior from Perth, Western Australia

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2003

Strengths:    The frame is light as hell, strong too. It is cheap but is still made from reynolds 7005 Al and has disc mounts. I only bought the frame though.

Weaknesses:    The decals look cheap and aren't lined up properly. No performance problems.

Bottom Line:   
The only original thing on my bike is the frame itself. It is good and I'm overly happy with it. If you just want a bike to bum around off road on this is a good one.

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Favorite Trail:   Mundaring DH track

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   Various Giants; Boulder SE, XtC NRS 2

Bike Setup:   Customised. LX front and rear mechs, Deore shifters brake levers, crank and v-brakes, azonic, titec and selle italia bits and pieces, cane creek headset maxxis high-rollers, alex dm-18 on formula disc hubs, 2001 rockshox Judy C.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Walter a Weekend Warrior from Virginia Beach, VA

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2003

Strengths:    Great mid-level bike with upward upgradablity. No generic parts! Very solid setup.

Weaknesses:    Heavy wheelset and cranks. Wide bars, seemed hard to steer in certain quick situations.

Bottom Line:   
Wonderful for trail riding and some technicals. With each personal upgrade, felt great improvements on the trail. I love this bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Yorkriver

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   FAT FROGS!!

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh M50, Ironhorse Warrior

Bike Setup:   Egg beater pedals, SID Race fork, Sun UFO/XT wheelset, Ritchey WCS tires, Answer Carbon Fiber riser bars, Selle SLR saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph a Downhiller from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2003

Strengths:    The frame isw a 21" and is very solid. The backm tire is great if you are under 220 lbs.

Weaknesses:    For me im between 230 and 250 lbs so i got the guy at petries to build me a back rim so i can still give it a bit of a beating. The Judy TT Rock Shox are ok but dont expect them not to bottom out if you hit hard. The pedals.

Bottom Line:   
Overall it is a great bike if you want to put say $400 more when buying it to get a couple upgrades like the pedals, rear rim, shocks. Put it this way over everything else you get more than what you pay for in this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $714.00

Purchased At:   Petries Cycle and Sports

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Wahoo

Bike Setup:   Grip Shifters, Judy TT, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon a Weekend Warrior from Canberra, Australia

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2002

Strengths:    great handleing, rock shoxs pilot C on the model i tested, nice feel, breaks very responsive, relitively light, good tires

Weaknesses:    didnt ride for long enough to find any

Bottom Line:   
nice ride - best ive ridden for the price - great handleing, nice forks, sturdey frame, looks great - thin tubing makes for a different look for an aluminium bike

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   giant yukon

Bike Setup:   rock shox pilot C forks (if they're not stock)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Weaver a Cross Country Rider from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2002

Strengths:    Great entry level bike,, - comfortable enough for some road work as well as trails, - Deore drivetrain is excellent.
Also appreciate that the frame is a non-garish color!

Weaknesses:    None yet!

Bottom Line:   
Great entry level bike, for mix of trail & road, for a non-technical biker.

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Favorite Trail:   Memorial Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Houston Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   Mobecane 500

Bike Setup:   Standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Liverpool, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2002

Strengths:    Good, solid frame.
Red color is great.
Gears & brakes are very good.
I find it quite light for a MTB.

Weaknesses:    Front forks (Judy TT) seem a bit soft.
Hand grips are too hard.

Bottom Line:   
This is a fantastic bike.
If I was to take up XC-MTB racing I would definitely use it.
THe comments about the forks and hand grips are only minor.
Highly recommended !

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $480.00

Purchased At:   Cheeky Moankey, Sydney

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Shimano SPD pedals.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Noah Bronstein a Cross Country Rider from Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2002

Strengths:    cheap! good frame. withstands some abuse.

Weaknesses:    powertools parts are worthless. brakes have a ton of flex. fork isn't very good. doesn't steer too well in rocky techinical situations due to flexy fork.

Bottom Line:   
This bike provides a great value if you get it on sale like i did. However, i managed to taco the front wheel, break the handlebars, snap the rear derailer in a bad place, and put a dent in the frame (unfriendly lava-rock). The bike climbs very well for its cost, but its a little longer than is useful on tight, technical sections. The stock tires wore out really fast, but they worked ok before that. Overall, this bike is a great entry level bike for those without padded wallets, but you will end up breaking or replacing the parts.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   custom built Access frame w/ SID shock and Xt/avid parts with Rhyno lites. Titanium mongoose w/ Z1MCR and xt parts.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for: Titec Hellbent XC handlebars, Manituou SX-R fork, Avid SD7 levers, LX rear derailer, Bontrager Clyde wheel (im not a clydesdale, just got a beefy wheel), and Continental tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad a Cross Country Rider from Dameron, Maryland

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2002

Strengths:    Great price, great value, aluminum frame, descent parts spec for the money

Weaknesses:    Tire compound is too hard. Front shock is cheap. pedals are plastic

Bottom Line:   
The bike handles very well and is really stiff. When I got it I changed the tires which made a huge difference. However, the bike had a low end fork which also needed to be changed. This would of been a great bike for just going back and forth to school, but I wanted to ride on the weekends at the trails as well. I put clipless pedals on it and it is now a great all around bike. The frame is good quality and I will continue to upgrade it as needed. I would recomend this bike to anyone looking of a great low priced bike that won't leave you stuck out on the trail.

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Favorite Trail:   Deep Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Best Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Trek's Kleins, K2's and Fishers

Bike Setup:   Clipless pedals Shimano 535's and Panaracer Fire XC tires. Front shock was changes to a Rock Shock Judy TT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eddie from Toronto,Ontario,Canada

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2002

Strengths:    Strong Frame, Handles well, relitivly light, good components.

Weaknesses:    front fork. No bashring. (very minor)

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great for the money, beefy enough to handle 4-5 foot drops. Front forks not the greatest but very good for the money. This is an all-around great bike for the beginner-intermediate freeride and can handle trails.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $805.00

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PETER RICHARDS a Cross Country Rider from Perth Western Australia

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2002

Strengths:    Bomb proof,I'v used the bike for downhill races,good flex
in frame.

Weaknesses:    Could do with disc brake mounts.
Dose not withstand being hit by a car.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a top line bike at a low line price, then this
bike is a must!
It's that lite, on the road i keep up with the roadies,
witch Pee's them off.

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Favorite Trail:   20 buck hill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Oliver cycles Perth

Similar Products Used:   Kona caldera

Bike Setup:   replaced pedals with time a.t.a.c clipless,Manitou Black

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve Humphreys a Racer from Exeter

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2002

Strengths:    Light wieght (21lbs), components, shock, handling, value.

Weaknesses:    Pedals-it you can call that a weakness

Bottom Line:   
A sweet, light, racer ready cross country bike.A huge improvement over my old Klein. No major complaints other than the pedals, which were assembled backwards from the WTB factory and are difficult to get the release adjustment set. I'm still breaking the bike in, but overall everything is excellent.
The SID is plush and responsive. Spend the time to understand the fork and it's setup, it's worth it.
This bike climbs like a billy goat!
Both KHS and Recycled Sports were very helpful.

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Favorite Trail:   Exeter Woods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   KHS racer program

Similar Products Used:   Klein Pulse Pro (old mtb bike 97 model)
Tried Cannodale F3000, Gary Fisher X-Caliber, Trek 9.8

Bike Setup:   SID Race, XTR rear, XT front and shifters, Avid brakes, WTB wheelset, Stylo crank, WTB pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris from Canada

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2002

Strengths:    nice looking sturdy setup. good components (exept the shocks) good long lasting tires.

Weaknesses:    front forks are not that great. feels kindof long.

Bottom Line:   
Awsome bike strong sturdy frame looks grat and handles well. If I could change anything about it i would change the front forks.

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Favorite Trail:   Santa's village downhill trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   Neilsons Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Devinci patriot

Bike Setup:   panaracer fire xc pro, Truvativ five d crank, kore light stem, rockshox judy tt, wtb rocket v seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dutch a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2002

Strengths:    The frames light weight is great - the front end is that light that the backend feels heavy! Also the frame has plenty of flex in it, which while it lasts (i.e., doesn't warp or break), is great.
I am impressed with the Sun Rims - they appear to be a great wheel. They hold my slicks well, and the whole bike seems to spin nicely.

Weaknesses:    Components: it really depends upon your budget... for the price a reasonable purchase, but those who have ridden better will probably look at up-grades.
The seat - I didn't find it very comfortable hense the swap.

Bottom Line:   
I know I shouldn't compare it with a FSR but already I am certain I'll get a FSR next time around.
The 'stock' bike would appear to be a good investment frame-wise, but upgrades would generally be in order if you were thinking of anything beyond city riding. I'd imagine that the bike I ride now is a good compromise vs. the Alite 4000.
I am extremely happy with the machine I now ride, but that is probably due to the amount of changes I have had done to it.
If you are in the Melbourne area I recommend seeing the Melbourne Bike Centre team on High St - they have been very helpful pre and post purchase.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Melbourne Bike Centre

Bike Setup:   Upgraded all components to Delore LX, upgraded the forks to Pyslo SL, tossed the pedals and swapped the seat with a Specialized seat I had spare. Because I ride primarily in urban areas, I have fitted some slicks.

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